Nesbitt Memorial Library Journal, Volume 4, Number 2, May, 1994 Page: 57
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Colorado County, Texas: Its Health, Climate, Soil, Advantages and Resources
Columbus has four churches for the whites, well organized and attended,
and two churches for the blacks.
It has also one Masonic Hall, two Odd Fellows' Lodges, and two Encamp-
ments, one grange, five Hotels, two Wagon Shops, for repairing and manufacturing
purposes, three Saddle Shops, four Blacksmith Shops, two Livery Stables, two Lumber
Yards, several Boarding and Eating Houses, two Bakery Shops, two Fruit Stores, four
Physicians, one Dentist, eleven Lawyers, one Real Estate Agent, one live newspaper,
Colorado Citizen, one Banking and Exchange House, two Furniture Establishments, one
Tin and Stove House, two Beef Markets, where fat and juicy beef is dealt out to
inhabitants at five cents per pound, three Drug Stores, one Millinery, four Boot and Shoe
shops, two Tailor shops and three Barber shops.
Many of the yards and gardens are tastefully laid off, and well supplied with
rare and beautiful flowers.
Columbus is noted for its good and intelligent society, for its accomplished
and beautiful ladies, its social and gallant gentlemen. As a business town, Columbus
has no equal in South-western Texas.
The Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad passes through the
center of the county.
The College building for educational purposes is a large commodious, four-
story brick building, situated South-west of the Public Square, in a most convenient and
beautiful portion of the City.
The Colorado Institute is located in this building under the administration of
Prof. J. B. Winn. The Professor is a thorough scholar, a No. 1 educator, and competent
to the task of training the young and tender minds. To those who have sons and
daughters to educate, there is no better place than Columbus, in Texas, or a more healthy
one. The county is law-abiding and church-going; and next to the church the school is
the greatest civilizer and the most effective adjunct and supporter of all constitutional
law and order.
Columbus is well supplied with churches and schools, with able and efficient
teachers, consequently there is no necessity for sending our sons and daughters away
from home to be educated. Colorado county is well supplied with schools and churches,
and the people everywhere are taking a lively interest in both.
The passenger and freight depots are located near the Public Square in the
City of Columbus. There are other very important Railroad depots in this county, viz:
Eagle Lake, Alleyton, Borden and Weimar.
These places are improving and growing rapidly, as they are surrounded by
an excellent farming country, and being settled up by good and reliable citizens from the
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